40,000 diabetic cats in the UK
A study by Edinburgh University, published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, has shown that 1 in 230 cats in the UK is expected to develop diabetes.
This works out at around 40,000 diabetic cats nationwide. Overweight cats are said to be more than three times as likely to suffer from the condition.
The research, was based on an analysis of over 14,000 cats whose owners had taken out private pet insurance.
Professor Danielle Gunn-Moore, from Edinburgh University’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, advises: ‘To reduce your cat’s risk of developing this often fatal disease you need to keep them active, and not allow them to gain too much weight.’
Rob McIntyre, Director, Jollyes Petfood Superstore has also commented on the findings:
‘A healthy lifestyle is not only vital for ourselves but for our pets also. These latest findings are extremely alarming and we aim to help educate cat and other pet owners in animal nutrition and exercise.’
He went on to recommend feeding cats with dry food: ‘I would always recommend cat owners that they use a dry complete food. Be careful to pay close attention to feeding guides on bags as owners are sometimes feeding their cats too large amounts.’
Jollyes recently held ten ‘Healthy Pet Days’ across its UK pet stores where free nutritional, veterinary and behavioural advice was offered.